Hi there! Welcome to the Vintage Valentine’s Day Blog Hop sponsored by talented Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Home. If you’ve arrived here via my sweet friend Linda at Itsy Bits and PIeces, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re going to make a so-simple-I’m-a-bit-embarrassed-to-blog-about-it vintage Valentine banner.
At the end of the post, I’ll send you on your way to the next blog in the hop, but you’ll also find links to ALL the participants ⇓⇓.
If you’re looking for a little something bright and cheerful to acknowledge the LOVE holiday, but you want it to be super-simple because, well, just because, then this is the project for you.
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- Vintage Valentines (in my Member Library, subscribe HERE to gain access)
- Matte presentation paper
- Red baker’s twine
Print & Cut Vintage Valentines
Step 1: Download the Valentine images from the Member Library (instructions inside the Library).
Step 2: Print them out on good quality paper. I recommend matte presentation paper because it has a nice surface that makes whatever you’re printing look professional.
Step 3: Cut out each of the Valentines. (I find this step very therapeutic–takes me right back to Kindergarten, LOL.)
Cut Baker’s Twine
Step 4: Cut a piece of baker’s twine long enough to hold however many Valentines you plan on using.
Step 6: Hang them in the location of your choosing! As you can see, I hung mine on my antique chalkboard.
It adds just enough color and cheer to bring a smile to your lips. [Please excuse all of the chalk dust finger and palm prints I left on the frame, LOL.]
I decided to try it out on my ironstone corner cupboard.
Did you notice that I left up some of my “woodland forest-y” Christmas decorations?
Well, truth be told, most of my Christmas decorations are still up. However, all of the Christmas bins stand ready in my front parlor (that’s fancy for living room), and Christmas will come down before Valentine’s Day. I promise. Myself. I made that promise to myself. Yes indeed I did, and you can hold me to it.
In any event, I thought the white bottle brush decorations complimented my Valentine banner nicely, and since I’m still living in a winter wonderland (Upstate New York), it seemed appropriate to leave them up. Brrr.
I shrunk the cards in size to fit them all on one page and because I was looking to create a smaller rather than larger banner. You could print two pages and make a longer banner, if you’d like.
I picked out the cutest 1940-50’s era cards that I had in stock for this project. They’ve all been since sold via eBay where they are very popular.
Other ways you can use these Valentines:
- Use them as intended–as greeting cards. Send one to someone you love.
- Put one in your sweet husband’s (or your children’s) lunch.
- Decorate a white wreath with them. (Here’s one I made.)
A vintage touch of color for the holiday is just what I was going for. Vintage sellers, this project is an easy way to add some festivity to your antique booth. Slap a price on it and someone might even buy it!
For more info about buying, selling, and collecting vintage Valentines, this resource looks pretty great: Valentine Treasury: A Century of Valentine Cards. The publisher, Schiffer, puts out some good quality resources for antique lovers.
Please take advantage of my free Valentine printable and use them in any way you wish. They were just too cute to keep to myself!
I hope you’ll take some time to visit my sweet friend Cecilia at My Thrift Store Addiction, along with the other creative gals below:
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